Welsh Labour’s Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford has announced that new perinatal mental health services will be set up across Wales, with 30 new specialist staff backed by £1.5m of new investment.
The new community-based specialist services in every Welsh health board will help to improve mental health outcomes for women with perinatal illnesses, their babies and their families. The teams will include doctors, nursing staff and other healthcare professionals who will provide prenatal and postnatal care. They will work closely with general mental health services and maternity services to offer treatment and support at this important time for women and their babies.
Figures show that that between one in 10 and one in 15 mothers experience postnatal depression and around one in 500 mothers can experience severe but treatable mental illness.
Each health board has submitted proposals which have been agreed for collaborative and multi-disciplinary perinatal services, which will build on existing services and can be rolled out across their local area.